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Former Auditor General for Wales Jeremy Colman pleads guilty to child pornography offences

Former auditor General for Wales Jeremy Colman has pleaded guilty to 14 counts of making and possessing child pornography. The images were found on his work computer in February this year.

Colman had previously denied charges originally relating to possessing and making 429 indecent images of children between October 2008 and January 2010 but pleaded guilty today after the prosecution agreed to reduce the overall number of images to 182.

He also admitted a fifteenth charge of failing to disclose a password to allow police to access information on a USB memory stick.

The 62-year-old was remanded in custody after admitting 14 separate offences connected with possessing and making pornographic images of children.

His barrister Wendy Hewitt asked for Colman to be granted bail as the judge adjourned proceedings to 19 November for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.

But Cardiff Recorder Nicholas Cooke QC refused bail because he had concerns that sentencing could he held up.

In a statement issued after the hearing Colman’s former employer, the Wales Audit Office, thanked South Wales Police for its assistance and said: “This has been a difficult period.

“Thanks to our new auditor general and the professionalism and hard work of staff, we have been able to move forward as an organisation.

“We remain committed to providing a first class audit and review service for citizens in Wales.”

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